Symptoms and Cause of Death

By: Chris Aune

Smallpox, which is also known as "variola", is a parasitic disease.  This means that the virus is destructive to it's host, or the person that has caught the disease.  It is also known as a "crowd disease" because it only spreads from human to human, and requires a large densely populated area.  The virus has a couple of stages.  The first is the incubation period, where the virus is growing inside the body.  After the incubation period you will start to notice symptoms.  These symptoms are as follows.

* you will develope a fever, headaches, and body pains.  The head and body aches will last for a couple of days but the fever will last the duration of the illness.

*At about two weeks, you will begin to develope a rash.  Red spots will start to appear on your face, hands, and face.  Then they will slowly spread over the entire body.

*These red spots become raised lesions, and will eventually fill with watery pus similar to a blister.

*These blister like lesions will grow to the size of a dime, and will then transform into hard crusty scabs on the surface.


These pictures show good examples of the rash and spots that appear on the body.


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* If your lucky enough to survive the final stage, the dried scabs will fall off.  Leaving deep marks called pockmarks.

*  Once all the scabs have diaappeared, you are no longer contagious.

*  If these scabs don't disappear, they will slowly move from the outer layer of your skin to the inside of the mouth or throat. You will no longer be able to eat of drink.  If this happens, the the soars will grow together forming hemorrhaging lesions.  If you are unfortunate enough to get this there is a good chance that all the skin on you body could fall off exposing muscle and bone.

*If you become infected, there is nothing that you or a doctor can do to prevent the proccess from happening.  If you are infected with smallpox, there is a 33% chance or more that you will die from the disease.

Small Pox